Originally Posted by Ken Kreisel
My first recommendation is not to use in-ceiling speakers for Dolby Atmos, it is a big compromise, in my opinion. I understand it is a hard sell to most decorators, but you asked my advice. I predict there are going to be a lot changes in how Dolby Atmos is mixed in the future for home theater compatibility. My new pro studio systems for mixing Dolby Atmos are going to help mixers make a much more compatible mix.
At this time I would recommend using the KEN KREISEL Q125QFH's which I designed specifically for Dolby Atmos ceiling use. You can mount them as high on a wall as possible if you cannot hang them from the ceiling. They will timbre match to your S-150's beautifully.
If you must use an in-ceiling speaker, I would recommend the IW-150's (carefully placed) if you have only one listening position you want to cover, and I would recommend the IW-85's if you have more than one seat to cover. The IW-5's would be a big compromise, again in my opinion.
If you want to email me directly with drawings of your room layout I would be happy to take a look...KEN
Ken, thanks for a FANTASTIC post there. Do you have a product page for the KreiselSound speakers? (and then I'd be looking at info and sources of potential purchases) On the KreiselSound site, I found gallery pictures for the QFH and TFX at least.
Like many, my private theater room has 8' ceilings, and I'm hesitant to mount ceiling speakers that would bring the drivers that much further down and closer to the viewers' heads. The functional part of that is more a concern to me than in-ceilings being visually flush, but I'm highly interested in your opinions.
Please forgive me, but I'm not 100% in-the-know on your current involvement with M&K Sound since the company changes of recent years. I've been in talks with the US rep on becoming a dealer, but have been holding off as I do more research.
When I'm able to put together diagrams and info on my personal theater, I'll certainly E-mail you privately about my own situation. But there's several of us here with full 7.1 setups of the S-150 platform, and a couple with others like the 300, and are very interested in options for going to Atmos setups, which is why I ask questions here in the thread for the benefit of all as well.
... and then of course we don't even know what DTS:X is going to require/recommend for setups yet, although I wouldn't imagine them to be drastically different Atmos. I think Auro 3D may be the odd player here. But I'd love to hear your thoughts on that as well.